The Foundation was created in 1984 with proceeds from the sale of Chicago’s Ridgeway Hospital, a nonprofit, psychiatric facility that focused on low-income adolescents. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking to the support of nonprofit agencies, which provide medical and psychological services to economically disadvantaged children and adolescents, thus continuing the original mission of the hospital. The Foundation offers program and capital grants to organizations in support of, but not limited to, medical, psychiatric, psychological, and/or residential care, and research programs in medicine, psychology, social science, and education. Preference is given to programs or services that benefit persons who have not yet reached “their majority” in age and/or are for the care of individuals or elderly persons who lack sufficient resources to provide for themselves. The Foundation prefers to award grants to applicants located in Illinois, although the Foundation will consider grants to organizations located outside of the state. Out-of-state applicants are asked to call the Foundation before sending an application. Additional information can be found on the Web site. There are no deadlines.
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